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Green Climate Fund approves funds for traditional savanna fire management project in Belize

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Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2022. 4:07 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved a $798,626 project to improve Belize’s ability to manage savanna fires in a manner that reduces carbon emissions, through Traditional Savanna Fire Management.

The project, titled “Traditional Savanna Fire Management Readiness Proposal to facilitate Emissions Reductions in the Agriculture, Forestry and other land use sectors in Belize,” will serve to prepare Belize for the future development of traditional fire management for emissions reduction (TFM) sector, and see the use of TFM as a key tool in fire management response and the national response to climate change.

The project will also be used to develop a concept note aimed to secure long-term support for fire management in Belize, as well as strengthen partnerships and knowledge sharing.

The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Development (MoED), which is the GCF’s designated authority for Belize, in collaboration with the Climate Finance Unit, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, and the International Savanna Fire Management Initiative Pty. Ltd. (ISFMI) which serves as the delivering partner organization.

“For that last decade, Australian indigenous people in the north of the continent have led the way in fire management, reducing emissions while caring for their lands and bringing benefits to communities through reinvigorating their traditional knowledge,” the MoED said, adding that the new project, “aims to allow Belize to take advantage of similar histories and opportunities in this part of the world.”

The Ministry also said that key stakeholders including the Ministry Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labor and Local Government, Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and other vulnerable groups and communities will be engaged throughout the implementation project.

Dr. Osmond Martinez, CEO of the MoED, noted that the project will support Belize in addressing key challenges since fire frequency is increasing in the dry season affecting forest degradation, loss of biodiversity and affecting the most vulnerable population.

 

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